June 1, 2021

proDERM Experts Day

Webinar ‘The Usual Suspects’, Virtual Tour and Face-to-Face Meetings with our Experts

June 1, 2021

The proDERM ‘Experts Day’

On June 1,2021, we will take you on a journey into the world of clinical trials with cosmetic products. We would like to start by highlighting the entire process, from the early planning phase to the preparation of the final study report, and address typical questions, challenges and pitfalls in a one-hour webinar. Afterwards, various tour guides – our experts – will be available for face-to-face discussions.These may be used for answering further questions you may have or for the discussion of specific projects and testing approaches. At the ‘proDERM Expert Day’ your needs are in the foreground and you can configure in a way that suits you best.

Modul 1: Webinar ‚The Usual Suspects‘

‘The Usual Suspects’ – Typical questions, pitfalls and challenges in clinical studies with cosmetic products

In addition to the expert meetings and the associated personal exchange with our specialists, we would like to offer you the opportunity to deep dive into the topic of clinical studies with cosmetic products. We will shed light on the entire study process, address typical questions in the respective phases of a study, and present pitfalls as well as general challenges.

Among other things, we will discuss study responsibilities, the impact of changes in the study protocol, and the documents of a study and their meaning. ‘What to consider when blinding test products’ and ‘What preparation times do I have to calculate with?” are further questions that will be answered during the webinar.

You are also welcome to send us your personal questions in advance and we will try to answer them during the session.

Participation might be of interest to those who are professionally active in the immediate environment of clinical trials and would like to broaden the horizon of their expertise and thereby have an interest in the perspective of a CRO.

usual suspects
  • Overview of the study process
  • Responsibilities
  • Test products
  • Recruitment of volunteers
  • Modifications in the study design after initiation
  • Study documents
  • Lead times and times for evaluation of study


  • Marianne Brandt
  • Simon Grundy
  • Lorena Bechthold

Available time slots:

Please choose one of the time slots mentioned below:

June 1, 2021

10.00 am cet

June 1, 2021

12 pm cet

June 1, 2021

3 pm cet

June 1, 2021

8 pm cet

Module 2: Meetings with our experts

With the two modules and the different time slots for these modules, you can create your personal ‘expert day’. Complement the webcast of module 1 by scheduling individual meetings with our experts:

Unsere Experten

Unsere Experten

Marianne Brandt

Marianne Brandt is Chief Operating Officer at proDERM. With her 20+ years of occupational experience in the field of dermatological contract research and her excellent understanding of methodological, clinical as well as technical procedures, Marianne has contributed significantly to our success in recent years. After graduating with a degree in Physics and achieving a continuative qualification in the field of 'Medical Physics and Techniques', Marianne started her career in the CRO industry as a scientific officer in 1997 before joining our team in 2002.

In all those years at proDERM, Marianne was always able to enrich the area of responsibility that she was attached with and it is a logical consequence that – based on her unrivaled experience - she today oversees our daily operations. Marianne is member of the Sensory and Haircare working group of the DGK (German Society for Cosmetics). Ever since 2017 she also acts as a principal Investigator in studies with cosmetics.
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Stephan Bielfeldt
Vice President Science & Consultancy

Stephan Bielfeldt is Vice President Science & Consulting at proDERM, the internationally renowned CRO specialized on clinical studies relating to skin and mucous membranes. . He is responsible for the development of new skin research methods, as well as the consulting of customers in the field of clinical study designs and methodologies. Stephan has been working in clinical research for more than 30 years. Special fields of his expertise are photobiology / sun protection and in vivo confocal Raman spectroscopy. 

His list of publications contains more than 100 scientific publications. He is a member of professional societies, such as the Society for Dermopharmacy (GD) and of scientific working groups of the German Society for Scientific and Applied Cosmetics (DGK). As a member of the ISO TC working group (WG 7) Sun Protection Test Methods, he works on the international standardization of sunscreen testing methods.
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Simon Grundy
Senior Business Development Manager

Simon Grundy is Senior Business Development Manager at proDERM, primarily responsible for clients based in United Kingdom, France and USA. A Biologist by training, Simon has held various positions within different life sciences companies over the past 25 years and before joining proDERM he was Managing Director of a testing institute located in the UK. On the basis of his extensive experience in servicing international clients and conducting clinical trials, Simon is well placed to guide you through options for test designs and the application of specific methods to achieve your research goals.

Lorena Bechthold
Business Development Manager

Dr. Lorena Bechthold strengthens our Business Development department since January 2020. Lorena holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Manchester and has successfully developed a novel measurement method for the quantification of the hair movement. Her doctoral thesis was realized in cooperation with the company Henkel AG & CO. KGaA, Germany and was awarded with the SEPAWA Young Researcher Award 2019. 

With her extensive scientific knowledge and of over 5 years of experience in Hair Care, Lorena supports our clients to master extraordinary challenges they face in product development and market access.
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Gunja Springmann
Head Science & Consultancy

Gunja Springmann Gunja is Head of Consultancy at proDERM. With her extensive scientific background of 15+ years of occupational experience in clinical research she helps our clients to master extraordinary challenges they face in product development and market access. Before dedicating herself to scientific consulting, Gunja held senior positions in Business Development and Project Management. 

She has authored and co-authored more than 30 publications, is a regular speaker at scientific conferences and a member of the DGK working group 'Cleansing'. Gunja started her professional career after receipt of a diploma in Biology and completion of a Ph.D. at Beiersdorf.
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Antoine Jourdren
Business Development Manager

Antoine Jourdren is a new Business Development Manager at proDERM. With a diverse background, he will be a good help for our partners to understand their product and substantiate the claims associated. Before joining proDERM and the scientific world last year, he worked as Area Sales Manager for different French companies in Europe. His experience enables him to adapt quickly to new challenges and environment.

Alexandra Erlach
Senior Business Development Manager

Alexandra Erlach is Senior Business Development Manager at proDERM. With her 15 years of professional experience in clinical research, she supports our clients in the implementation of their projects and develops with them the best possible strategy for achieving their goals. Before working in Business Development, Alexandra accompanied studies as a Project Manager. She has been involved in several publications and is a member of the DGK working group 'Skin Compatibility'. Alexandra started her professional career at Beiersdorf after graduating with a degree in biology and completing a PhD.

Kathrin Friedrichsen
Business Development Manager

Kathrin Friedrichsen has been assisting the Business Development Team at proDERM since two years. Recently she joined us as Business Development Manager and supports in finding the best solution and study design for your product claims. She graduated with a Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and now consults and advises our clients in various areas with a focus on sun protection studies.

Matthias Seise
Head of Development and Technical Services

Matthias is Head of Development and Technical Services at proDERM. His focus is Clinical Photography. He advises customers on the choice of suitable photography systems or develops them if there are no suitable ones available. He also develops specialized image analysis algorithms for the evaluation of cosmetic parameters.
Matthias received his PhD in medical image analysis and continued working on medical topics at Fraunhofer before joining proDERM 10 years ago.

Sandra Bleckwenn
Senior Business Development Manager

Sandra started with proDERM 7 years ago, initially as a Project Manager. Sandra is a veterinary surgeon by training with several years of experience in preclinical and clinical research. She started her career in the European Surgical Institute which is aimed to educate in the field of minimal invasive procedures. She then held positions as Department Manager and Project Manager before being engaged in the clinical development of medical devices as staff scientist.